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Stricter social distancing measures take effect tomorrow

06 January 2022

By The SUN

Patrons of a Central restaurant enjoy late-night dining before the new rules kick in

No more dine-in after 6pm. Bars, karaokes, amusement parks, gyms, massage parlors, swimming pools, bathhouses, barbecue pits, will all be shut.

These are among the stricter gathering restrictions that will take place starting tomorrow, Jan 7, as part of the government’s efforts to contain the continuing spread of the coronavirus with mutant strains inside the community.

The new measures will last for 14 days, or until Jan. 20, unless the government decides to extend them further.


However, the rule that allows up to four people to gather in public will remain. They can also still eat together in a category B restaurant, which means 75% of staff should have at least one dose of Covid vaccine.

As before, everyone who enters eateries will be required to use the LeaveHomeSafe mobile application before being allowed entry. Mask-wearing in public will also remain in place.

A statement from the Food and Health Bureau said restaurants or catering businesses should conform with the following regulations:


1)            They should stop selling or supplying food or drink for consumption in their premises from 6pm to 4.59am of the subsequent day. However, they may still sell or supply food and/or drink for takeaway services and deliveries. A notice should be put up reminding customers that they should not eat or drink in areas adjacent to the restaurant.

2)            The maximum number of persons per table for catering premises under Types B, C and D Modes of Operation will be reduced to two, four and six respectively, whereas the maximum number of customers per premises and per banquet will remain unchanged.

3)            No live performance and dancing activity, karaoke or mahjong tin-kau activity  will be allowed inside restaurants.


4)            Other requirements and restrictions on catering premises will remain in force, including requiring customers not to eat or drink and must wear a mask when they are away from the table.

5)            All customers who dine in must use the LeaveHomeSafe app in scanning the venue’s QR code. Those who buy food for takeaway are excluded

6)            There should be a distance of at least 1.5 meters or an effective partition of some form between tables.  

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7)            Body temperature screening must be conducted before the person is allowed to enter the catering premises and hand sanitizers must be provided.

Also to be shut in line with the new measures announced yesterday by Chief Executive Carrie Lam are venues 

run by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD).

Lifeguard services at public beaches will be halted again

These include holiday camps, tennis courts, bowling greens, sports grounds, golf courses, skate parks, roller skating rings, hockey and skateboard grounds, outdoor playgrounds, walking trails, as well as indoor sports facilities such as squash and badminton centres. Lifeguard services at all public beaches will be suspended.

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All public libraries will be closed but their e-services will continue.

As announced by CE Lam, all schools will remain open and civil servants will not be required to work from home.


The government statement warned that any violation of the gathering rules will make persons responsible for carrying on the catering premises or the banned premises liable to prosecution and if convicted, to pay a fine of up to $50,000 and imprisonment for six months.

Customers who breach the requirements for group gathering or mask wearing may be liable to pay a fixed penalty of $5,000.

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